Thursday, May 15, 2014

Stitch Fix

I recently received an order from Stitch Fix.  It was my first one, and I thought I would share my thoughts on it.

I debated repeatedly on whether to even order a Stitch Fix.  I'd heard they could be pricey, and I am a "shop the sales at Target" kinda girl.  But, I had some money from my birthday that I had been given, so I thought I'd try it out.  The most I could lose was the $20 styling fee, so it wouldn't hurt too much. 

Sweet Rain Colleen Geo Print Tie-Neck Blouse
Some of you may be wondering what in the world I am talking about!  Let's back up  a bit.

Stitch Fix is a styling and tech service.  They use the information they gather from you to create a personalized shopping experience.

You go to their website and create a profile that covers what styles of clothing you like, what sizes you wear (they currently style Ladies sizes 0-14), your shape, your budget, and lifestyle .  There is also space to indicate how often you want certain pieces, like if you only want casual clothing, or business clothing, or a mixture, and if you would prefer statement jewelry, accessories, and such.  Then you schedule your Fix!   Scheduling a Fix costs $20, and you are charged at the time your box ships.  Should you keep any items from your box, this $20 is credited towards the cost of them. 

After your profile is completed and you schedule your Fix, you wait very impatiently.  You check your email to see if there is any communication from Stitch Fix, as though they are working on your specific Fix all month long!  You check your profile, and be sure that everything is just perfect.  And then, when you FINALLY get your shipping notice, you track your shipment every other hour. 

No?  Just me?  Hmmm.  I was rather excited about this!

Well anyhow, The day finally came when my package was delivered.  We were assembling a trampoline (I know, very glamorous!), and I stopped everything to take pictures of my box for all of you before I ripped it open, I mean, before I opened it. 

First of all, the box was adorable.  On the outside, it looks like any other old shipping box, but open it up, and it was so cute!  A cute design printed on the inside.  All items were neatly folded and wrapped up together in tissue paper sealed with a sticker.  Also inside are "styling cards," showing you two ways to style each piece you recieved.

Style Card in Stitch Fix box
At first look, I wasn't sure what I thought.  Everything was cute, but nothing was something I would pull off of the rack for myself.  When I shop, I think "practical."  I take care of children ALL of the time.  So I held off judgement until I tried everything on.

In each Fix, you receive five pieces.  You can determine if you receive accessories every time or not.  I chose not, as I am pretty picky about my accessories.  So, I received a dress, skinny jeans, and three tops.  I loved all of them!  If you keep every piece in your Fix, you receive a 25% discount on the total cost. 

41Hawthorn Harriet Azrec Print Fit and Flare Dress
To the joy of my husband (ha!), we did a little photo shoot.  Here goes!

1.  41Hawthorn Harriet Aztec Print Fit and Flare Dress $64.00
I was surprised that this dress fit PERFECTLY!  It a tank dress, and I paired it with a jean jacket, as the style guide suggested, or it can be worn with out the jacket.  It is so comfortable!  This dress can be paired with flats, sandals, or heels.  Throw on a necklace and it looks great!

2.  Sweet Rain Colleen Geo Print Tie-Neck Blouse $48.00
 This blouse is not something I would pick out.  I would say that it is even out of my comfort zone.  However, when I put it on, I loved it!  It has a triangle print on it, with a tie at the neck.  It is very lightweight.  As shown above, it goes perfectly with a little cardigan.  My styling cards suggested a mint cardigan, but I only have coral, and it goes perfectly!  This one can be paired with jeans, or a cute skirt.  The only complaint I could find about it is that it is hand wash, but my washer has that setting, I tried it, and it worked!
Sweet Rain Colleen Geo Print Tie-Neck Blouse

Pomelo Corinna Striped Heathered Dolman Top
3.  Just Black Adora Ankle Length Colored Skinny Jean in Soft Orange $78.00
I would call these pants more of a coral color.  They almost match the sweater I'm wearing in the top photo.  I do not have a photo of these because they were too small for me.  I loved them, though!  And while they do have an exchange policy for sizes, it is not guaranteed that they can exchange sizing due to availability, so my sister, who also loved the pants, kept them.

4.  Pomelo Corinna Striped Heathered Dolman Top $48.00
This was, by far, my favorite!  Sooooo comfortable and versatile.  It feels like a lightweight sweatshirt, and wears like a nice top.  I even dressed it up and wore it out one Friday night for date night!  And then I wore it again the next Friday as we were all home for the day.  I could live in this top! 

5.  Le Sample Kahlo Embroidered Racerback Tank $48
Le Sample Kahlo Embroidered Racerback Tank
This is one I have not worn yet.  The weather and my activities have not yet aligned.  It would be cute with white pants or shorts paired with it.  I think this one is the most challenging for me, as it is different than anything I own, but I like that about it.

As a mom of three, I love that I can "shop" at home!  Trying to find time to go shopping and try items on with three children in tow can be frustrating and emotional.  I loved being able to try the items on in my own home, and to look at the rest of my wardrobe to style each thing, unlike being in a store, hoping that shirt matches those pants or that skirt that you have at home, being able to try on shoes with each outfit. 

Stitch Fix is also helping me expand my style, and figure out exactly what I like.  While I do not normally spend this amount on clothing, it was all included in my birthday gift, and I feel that the pieces are of a higher quality than I would find at my typical stores.  I tried to give honest feedback to my stylist, and requested the same stylist for another round.  I have read that the more honest you are about what you like and dislike, the better the Fixes get.  I am hoping for a couple less expensive items this time around, but I also do not plan to keep more than one or two items.  The budget cannot handle more than that!

If you are interested in getting a Stitch Fix yourself, please use this referral link!  For every first Fix that ships from accounts using this link, I receive $25 credit to my account. 

*I did not receive payment of any sort from Stitch Fix to write this post.

*Affiliate links are included in this post.

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